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Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Friendship Center by Kashef Mahboob Chowdhury in Bangladesh

Close to Gaibandha in north Bangladesh, a labyrinth of brick walls, arches and courtyards gives rise to the Friendship Center by the Dhaka-based studio of Kashef Mahboob Chowdhury, a complex for the training of poverty-stricken people. The project included building a dike to prevent the premises from the frequent threat of flood. Including dormitories, classrooms, a library, a conference room, a prayer space and a small shop, the program is distributed in pavilion-like blocks of the same height, and each rooftop is covered with grass. For natural light and free circulation of air to cool the place, the sequence of courts and pools is reinforced by large openings in the walls.
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